Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” Hits #4 as Pop’s Greatest Gainer

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The song expected to be pop radio’s next number one is now just three spots away from fulfilling its destiny.

With 13,955 pop radio plays, Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” ranked as the format’s 4th-most-played song during the seven days ending August 16. The position represents a new peak for the song, which had spent the past week at #5.

Nico and Vinz’ former #1 “Am I Wrong,” which was previously in the #4 position, slipped to #5. Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (#1), MAGIC!’s “Rude” (#2) and Disclosure’s “Latch (featuring Smith Smith)” (#3) remain ahead of “Boom Clap” on the chart.

The latter two, however, are already beginning to lose steam. And while Sam Smith’s #1 hit is still technically gaining airplay, its rate of increase pales in comparison to that being enjoyed by Charli XCX’s breakthrough solo effort.

No song’s increase, in fact, matches or exceeds that of “Boom Clap.” During the aforementioned seven day period, the song ranked as pop’s greatest gainer with an addition of 2,210 to its weekly spin count.

Meghan Trainor’s #16 “All About That Bass,” which enjoyed a week-over-week increase of 2,165 spins, was the only song to enjoy a weekly gain of more than 1,500. Katy Perry’s #31 “This is How We Do,” Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj’s #18 “Bang Bang” and Jeremih’s #26 “Don’t Tell ‘Em (featuring YG)” followed with respective increases of 1,321, 1,272, and 1,053.

The week’s #4 song for airplay, Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” was #3 for audience. It scored 90.74 million impressions at pop radio.

Written by Brian Cantor

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